Last week in several papers they were bemoaning the fact that the motorist pays higher fines than criminals.
This is not new. When I joined the job it took just a few appearances at court to realise that burglars & robbers were getting off much lighter than speeders.
The Daily Fail pointed out a recent case of a woman caught out by a Trading Standards sting who was fined Ã‚Â£1,000 for selling a goldfish to a 14-year-old, though what this has to do with motorists fines I’m not sure.
Anyway, apparently the average fine at magistrates court for 2008 was Ã‚Â£75. Violence was Ã‚Â£210, burglary Ã‚Â£147, theft Ã‚Â£95, damage Ã‚Â£120, drugs Ã‚Â£106 fraud Ã‚Â£195.
A parking infringement on London earns a Ã‚Â£120 ticket. Speeding tickets start at Ã‚Â£60 but can earn a significantly higher penalty at court.
The theory goes that most people who commit crime haven’t got much money so there’s no point in fining them a lot as the simply won’t be able to pay, whereas the motorist who gets caught has a job & is an easy victim/cash cow to boost central funds.
It’s been like that for the last 30 years to my knowledge, its not right but neither is it news.